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Winter Reading Club Winners
by Michele
This book received a 5 star rating
Thank you to all who submitted reviews and attended programs this year. We had a small but dedicated group and I've loved reading all the reviews. Without further ado, congratulations to the winners of the 2014 WRC prizes!
January: Darleen S., Linda H., Kelly L.
February: Sarah B., Lily N., Kathleen S.
March: Darleen S., Kelly L., Gail B.
And the GRAND PRIZE winner is .......... Kathleen S.!
Monthly winners receive a $10 gift certificate to an area eatery and the grand prize winner receives a $20 gift certificate to the Voorheesville Diner.
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A Hundred Horses
by Sarah Lean
This book received a 4 star rating
Juvenile Fiction - A two-week stay in the country brings together two seemingly different 11-year-old girls and a magical foal named Lunar that may just be an angel able to bring broken things back to life. Fearful, sad and unpopular Nell has been sent to visit her aunt and cousins, but she spends much of her time at a nearby farm with a grieving widow who is planning to sell her beloved herd of 99 horses. In the stable, Nell hopes to restore the toy carousel left behind by her father when he abandoned her and her mother. The stable also houses runaway Angel, who is hiding the secret foal she has stolen, having overheard that Lunar will be euthanized. These two sad and lonely girls share more than they first come to realize. Throughout this moving book is the local superstition about a herd of 100 horses. Will Lunar, the one hundredth horse, wreck the widow’s herd or save the captive princess, as Angel believes? This is a wonderful story about friendship, self-discovery, the love of horses and hope -- a truly satisfying read.
review submitted on 3/24/2014
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The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout
This book received a 4 star rating
Elizabeth Strout creates characters that are so real, so very human! This is the story of two brothers who have left Maine after the death of their mother to live in New York City. Their lives change when their sister calls and urgently pleads with them to return to Shirley Falls in Maine because her son; thier nephew needs their help. Returning to their hometown opens up the past and all the tensions that have shaped their relationships for years. This is a tender, tough-minded, loving and deeply illuminating book about the ties that bind us to family and home.
review submitted on 3/20/2014
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The Lion Who Stole My Arm
by Nicola Davies
This book received a 5 star rating
(Juvenile Fiction) Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he’ll always be the crippled boy instead and vows to seek vengeance on the lion that mutilated him. Pedru strengthens himself to be ready for the hunt. But when the opportunity arises, Pedru realizes that maybe revenge is not the best thing when he learns about wild lions, their families and their habitats. Zoologist Nicola Davies expertly merges a thrilling adventure with an important message about conservation and for humans making accommodations for wildlife so that all can live in peace and harmony. This is truly a wonderful story that is simply written, yet carries a profound message!
review submitted on 3/18/2014
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The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book received a 4 star rating
I'm a sucker for her young adult fiction. She always writes about real things, actual things you can relate to. This one is a story of a teenage girl and her father who is suffering with severe PTSD along with other mental and physical problems after fighting in Iraq. It's so hard to "watch" her take care of him, and to watch him suffer refusing any help. I can completely see that scenario happening, and I know that it does exist far more than we realize. I like that she tackles these topics, and while her writing is geared towards young adults, I have found that anyone can really get a lot out of what she writes.
review submitted on 3/11/2014
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Look Me In The Eye
by John Elder Robison
This book received a 5 star rating
This is John's story about growing up and living with Aspergers at a time when really no one had even heard that word before. Robison is brother of one of my favorite writers, Augusten Burroughs, and it is very interesting reading about some of the same events from a very different perspective. I think the author does a great job of telling his story, and he really paints a vivid picture of what having Aspergers is like. I really enjoyed reading it as a book about Autism and even more as just a really fun and interesting story of a man who made his way to success very differently than most people.
review submitted on 2/28/2014
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Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
This book received a 5 star rating
Ender's Game is a good book but is also kind of depressing. It is not a quick read if that is what you are looking for but it is a good read. It will keep you interested the whole way through. It also has more than one point of view which I think is a plus side to the book. The book is followed by Speaker of the Dead.
review submitted on 2/21/2014
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The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
This book received a 5 star rating
(young adult) This is an extraordinary book that is so well written with well-drawn characters, a vivid setting, lots of intrigue and adventure and a young romance! At the start of every November, the Scorpio Races take place, a dangerous and oftentimes deadly annual horse race using mostly the mystical water horses of the island region with its towering cliffs and harsh sea. Puck, a brave teen who needs the winnings to save her house after her parents' deaths, is the first female to enter the races and many are unhappy about her decision. Sean, an accomplished rider and horseman who has won the Scorpio Races in the past, must win this race to save his beloved mount, yet his loyalties are torn this year as he develops a romantic attraction to Puck. I loved this unique and beautifully narrated story!
review submitted on 2/21/2014
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The Dinner
by Herman Koch
This book received a 4 star rating
Another suspenseful novel for people who enjoy the torture of not knowing :-) I really loved how this book moved seamlessly back and forth from "The Dinner" to scenes of the past, it just worked really really well. And I also did like how the author separated the book as each course of the meal, with appropriate material in every section. A good read for sure. I had hoped it would be a bit darker or more suspenseful, perhaps because that has been my book theme has been recently!
review submitted on 2/20/2014
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Eight Dolphins of Katrina; A True Tale of Survival
by Janet Wyman Coleman
This book received a 5 star rating
I really like it! I really like Jackie the dolphin. She can flip,spin, bow, and tail walk and gets along with her trainers. It was sad when Katrina ruined the dolphins home. I do not like the hurricane part and the fact that the boat drifted into open water. I am glad they are safe in a new home. I also liked learning how dolphins help people. I really liked hearing how a dolphin helped a little boy who fell off the ship and he couldn't swim! I also like to hear about the people who help make the dolphins better when they are sick.
review submitted on 2/18/2014
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Those Who Save Us
by Jenna Blum
This book received a 3 star rating
Those Who Save Us “Historical fiction about a woman who refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter was only three when the mother & daughter were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. The themes of love, sacrifice and family secrets at the core of this book make it hard to put down.
review submitted on 2/16/2014
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Cover of Snow
by Jenny Milchman
This book received a 5 star rating
So suspenseful and mysterious! I loved and also really hated that the author followed a couple of chapters of you thinking you kind of are figuring everything out with a really short chapter that makes things a million times more confusing! It was great and fun because it takes place in the Adirondacks and there were a lot of references to local areas. Although, a little annoyed with the ending. After all that time of not knowing the whole story I just wanted everything to be all cleaned up, but like many great books, it left you still questioning. A really good first novel from this author, definitely interested to read more from her!
review submitted on 2/16/2014
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Gooseberry Patch: Big Book of Country Baking
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This book received a 4 star rating
I have always loved the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I also subscribe to their e-newsletter and follow them on facebook. This cookbook is beautiful to look at, with easy to follow delicious recipes with simple ingredients that most people have on hand. I tried a few of the recipes in the book and my family loved them! This cookbook is a winner!
review submitted on 2/15/2014
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Looking for Alaska
by John Green
This book received a 4 star rating
Started and finished this in one sitting, so that's a good sign. I really enjoyed the book, and while I didn't dislike anything about the ending or really the "after" part, I think it moved a lot slower than the first 3/4 of the book. Still didn't stop me from putting it down though!
review submitted on 2/14/2014
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I don't remember submitting this? If I did this is exactly word for word my opinion, I just have no memory of submitting it haha
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Still Life
by Louise Penny
This book received a 5 star rating
My son's doctor recommended this book as a great way to unwind. Still Life is the first book in the Inspector Gamache mystery series. Each character is thoroughly and uniquely developed and they all fit together in somewhat surprising ways, but the foreshadowing is there so that the conclusion does make sense. People, of course, are not quite how they appear, which makes it interesting. I found myself quite engrossed in this well written enjoyable story.
review submitted on 2/13/2014
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One Summer
by Bill Bryson
This book received a 4 star rating
Non-fiction History of 1927 including Charles Lindeberg becoming first man to cross Atlantic by plane, Babe Ruth home run record, Calvin Coolidge President, first talking pictures, and much more. A fascinating read.
review submitted on 2/7/2014
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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
by David Nasaw
This book received a 4 star rating
Since the Kennedys have influenced so much of our history and culture, I thought it would be helpful to know more about the man who shaped the family. Joseph P. Kennedy emerges as a brilliant businessman, inappropriate ambassador to Britain, dedicated father in his own way, loyal friend, and combative self-assured man who rarely if ever questioned his beliefs and practices. This book was compelling and easy to read despite its 787 pages.
review submitted on 2/5/2014
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Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
This book received a 5 star rating
I have been a huge fan for a long time so this is biased but this book was everything I wanted it to be. Weird, hilarious, incredibly accurate and cleverly informative all at the same time. The book made me laugh out loud but I'm also so glad she included some more "serious" topics, because while she explains everything through her humor and excellent drawings, she says things that make so much sense and that I wish I could articulate certain aspects of life in the way she can. Completely relatable, and just fun, I think anyone who is still a bit of a kid at heart would love this book!
review submitted on 2/5/2014
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Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson
This book received a 5 star rating
I am not even exaggerating when I say that I was unable to put this book down. Utterly captivating and unbelievable. Although a work of Fiction, this novel is set both in 2004 Chicago, IL and WWII Poland and accurately portrays this story of the war and what came after. If you are at all interested in WWII you must read this book, it is fascinating on so many levels. It is nearly impossible to review this book without giving something away, but I can say that I am truly sad that I am finished with it, and I will remember this story forever.
review submitted on 2/4/2014
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The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
This book received a 5 star rating
Absolutely captivating! This book was such a wonderful blend of history and fantasy, celebrating the unusual, and creating the "dream like" quality it so often referred to. I truly felt a part of the circus every single time someone in the book would walk through those gates. The Author's detail of the seemingly impossible make you really question which is real, and which is the dream.
review submitted on 1/31/2014
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The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
This book received a 5 star rating
Such an amazing memoir of these children living in just completely unstable conditions, and yet finding their way to succeed. It is an interesting reflection on personal choices and different lifestyles, the power of sibling camaraderie and fighting to live for something more. Really an amazing book. And her other book about her grandmother (although technically fiction) 'Half Broke Horses' is also not to be missed. Two stories about two truly incredible women.
review submitted on 1/31/2014
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The Paradise - DVD
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This book received a 4 star rating
If you are a fan of "Downton Abbey," you may want to take a look at this BBC series. It is a story of a young and impressionable girl who becomes enchanted by the charms of her charismatic boss who runs an elaborate department store. Set during the splendor of the Victorian Era and England's first department store and all its social mores, "The Paradise" has a wonderful cast of characters, an intriguing storyline, a bit of mystery, some romance, and a scandal or two. Great fun!
review submitted on 1/30/2014
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Captain Phillips - DVD
by Billy Ray
This book received a 5 star rating
This tale of modern day piracy was done very well. Tom Hanks did a great job; I felt the terror he was going through.
review submitted on 1/28/2014
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We also watched this wonderful movie; and agree it was very well done, although we thought it draged a little in the middle. It caused some heart racing & tears. Barbara Donato
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War Horse
by Michael Morpurgo
This book received a 5 star rating
I took out the Audio Book read by John Keating. This is a wonderfully moving tale about a horse from the horse's point of view as he goes through life and is sold into the war effort.
review submitted on 1/28/2014
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I had the opportunity to hear Michael Morpurgo speak last year about his inspiration for writing War Horse and about its becoming a major Broadway production and a Steven Spielberg movie. This is an amazing story about the true human-animal bond and the devotion that a boy and his horse share during the horrors of WWI. As a horse lover, I think this book is just beautiful!
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True Believers
by Kurt Anderson
This book received a 5 star rating
“Wonderful book with riveting historical details, intriguing plot twists, and strong characters. Story moves between present day and the 1960's. If you lived through the sixties it will bring back memories if you didn't here is a powerful look at who we were and who we have become.
review submitted on 1/26/2014
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The Yellow House
by Patricia Falvey
This book received a 4 star rating
The Yellow House “Eileen O'Neill, her love of family & their Yellow House is rich with Irish history and characters of great strength. Ireland from the early 1900's to the 1920's was country filled with civil strife. Eileen faced many challenges and proved to be a strong O'Neill warrior. Historical ficiton at it's best!
review submitted on 1/22/2014
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Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
This book received a 5 star rating
A perfect book for a parent, parent to be or really just anyone who can laugh about some of the absurdities that comes with families. Gaffigan stays true to his comic style but also easily integrates more "serious" or "sentimental" material without making it awkward. If you like his stand up, you will probably love this book, even if you don't have kids (like me!) because it just makes you laugh! I would especially recommend this one on Audiobook because it is read by the author which makes it even funnier!
review submitted on 1/19/2014
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Fellow Mortals
by Dennis Mahoney
This book received a 5 star rating
This is local author Dennis Mahoney's first novel and I think he definitely succeeded in creating stories within the overall story. The turns the novel took actually came as a surprise to me, which is a pleasant change from predictable plot twists. The story is about tragedy, relationships, meaning, and loss but there is so much more to get out of his words. I have to say I think my favorite aspect of the book was how Mahoney incorporated the perspective of the dog, in a very clean and tasteful way, that I sometimes forgot he was "just the dog." I definitely recommend this, especially since he is a local author!!
review submitted on 1/15/2014
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Cold, Cold Ground
by McKinty, Adrian
This book received a 4 star rating
Sergeant Duffy is a young detective, living in Belfast in 1981. He is trying to make his name as a detective in a town rife with violence and corruption. When he is put in charge of a strange murder, unrelated to the Troubles, he may soon be in over his head. While the leads seem to be swirling away from him, I couldn't help rooting him on, sure he could find the murderer. I can't wait to read the sequel, I even considered starting it before I finished the book!
review submitted on 1/14/2014
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One Last Thing Before I Go
by Jonathan Tropper
This book received a 5 star rating
This is a wonderful story about family and living and worth, but not in any ordinary way. The story of a man who is not what he expected and so he survives, not living his life and not caring about anything. Only when he is faced with two life altering pieces of news does he begin to question if his own life is one that should be saved. I grew to love the deadbeat dad, the cheater, the jerk, as he moves closer and closer towards death and how he tries to become the man he was supposed to be. I especially loved the ending, the last chapter leaving you with questions, but also a sense of hope and happiness.
review submitted on 1/10/2014
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Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman
This book received a 4 star rating
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book! You definitely need to be a fan of fantasy type work, but it was well worth the read. Gaiman uses his fantasy to actually make a pretty profound point, as he does in The Ocean at the End of the Lane (which is AMAZING READ IT) and I was left with something to really think about. For some it may be a bit difficult to follow and remember all the characters, but it's definitely worth checking out!
review submitted on 1/10/2014
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Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
This book received a 5 star rating
So creative! The book raises the question what if we lived the same life over & over again until we got it right? This book will make you think, wonder and pay attention to your own life & the choices that you make.
review submitted on 1/8/2014
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The House Girl
by Tara Conklin
This book received a 5 star rating
Couldn't out this book down. Story of a lawyer in 2004 working on a case involving slavery in 1852. Heartwrenching, filled with a history we should all learn. Strong characters & great writing. Must read!
review submitted on 1/8/2014
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Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
This book received a 5 star rating
Orphan Train “I loved this book! Story of two unlikely friends - one, a ninety-one-year old survivor of poverty in Ireland, immigration Landing at Ellis Island, fire destroys her family in NYC and she becomes one of the orphans who ride the train in search of new lives in mid-west the 1920's. Her life becomes intertwined with a teenage foster girl living in 2011 in Maine. The history is fascinating, the strength of both of these characters is inspiring. If you are interested in history, don't miss this book.
review submitted on 1/8/2014
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This book was amazing. I honestly didn't know very much about the history before hand but it was fascinating to me. The story is incredible. It's heartbreaking, but hopeful, and beautifully ties two seemingly separate characters together. Absolutely read this book!!
comment submitted on 1/10/2014

Yes, this is a wonderful book with an often unknown part of American history (the orphan trains) We read it at the library's adult fiction book discussion; the story is compelling and provocative and elicited a great discussion. I would recommend it highly.
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Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes
This book received a 3 star rating
Me Before You “A book that will make you stop and think about issues of life & death. An unlikely love story, thought-provoking and heartbreaking.
review submitted on 1/8/2014
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First Phone Call From Heaven
by MItch Albom
This book received a 5 star rating
The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel “Another beautiful Mich Albom book. It raises many questions, makes you wonder & think about heaven and the afterlife. ”
review submitted on 1/8/2014
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Stella Bain
by Anita Shreve
This book received a 4 star rating
The story of a woman who lost her memory and woke up in a French army hospital during WWI. Her struggles to remember her real name and past bring her into contact with new and old friends and some painful situations. A good story with moving descriptions of war torn Europe.
review submitted on 1/5/2014
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This story shows how war affects everyone. As the mystery of Stella Bain unfolds we discover an American woman who came to France to escape her marriage. It was a good read however I have liked other books by Anita Shreve more.
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